- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 19, 2000

I'm going to take it one thought at a time today:
Tennis tot Alexandra Stevenson apparently is attempting to become one of the deep thinkers of our time.
Stevenson believes the Confederate flag is a symbol of oppression and thinks the issue could be resolved if "more people shared their thoughts."
So Stevenson shared her socially responsible thoughts with South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges earlier this week.
The flag must come down from the Statehouse dome, Stevenson says, because she heard somewhere it is a symbol of oppression.
Stevenson did not boycott the tennis tournament at Hilton Head Island, as suggested by the NAACP. Instead, she traveled to South Carolina "to do my job and also to have a voice."
Her sacrifice is duly noted.

Jeff Jones becomes the latest men's basketball caretaker at American University.
American has become a coach-killer. Their last winning season was in 1990-91 under Chris Knoche at 15-14. The school wasn't always a grim outpost for coaches, starting with Jim Lynam in the early '70s and then Gary Williams and Ed Tapscott.
Jones assumes the coaching duties at an uncertain time as the school debates whether to remain in the Colonial Athletic Association or move to the Patriot League.
A move to the Patriot League would be perceived as a step down in athletic class, although the American men's basketball team is in no position to be picky about whom it plays after nine consecutive losing seasons.

Braves relief pitcher John Rocker has been released back into society after undergoing extensive counseling, therapy and sensitivity training.
Rocker has promised never to say another bad word about "a kid with purple hair, a queer with AIDS, a dude out of jail for the fourth time and a 20-year-old mom with four kids."
If Rocker ever finds himself riding the 7 train to Shea Stadium, he probably will join hands with "a kid with purple hair, a queer with AIDS, a dude out of jail for the fourth time and a 20-year-old mom with four kids" and ask them to join him in singing "We are the World."

The Caps play tonight.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Exorcise the Playoff Demons Fund, Ted Leonsis, DMZ Center, Fun Street, Washington, D.C. 20004.

Midseason reports of Michael Jordan's ability to transform the Wizards magically have been greatly exaggerated.
The Wizards, even with a late surge, have the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference.
By the way, whatever happened to Ike Austin?

The Redskins have all but won the next couple of Super Bowls after defeating an 8-8 team in the playoffs last season.

Karl Malone is not an elegant player, only highly effective. He passed the 31,000-point career mark Sunday and now trails only Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
The 36-year-old Malone plans to play at least three more seasons and shows no signs of slippage in his game. He went into the Utah Jazz-Denver Nuggets game last night averaging 25.8 points and 9.6 rebounds.
Given his durability and consistency, Malone has a reasonably good chance to overtake Abdul-Jabbar if he elects to play into his 40s. Abdul-Jabbar retired at age 42.

The American flag is a symbol of oppression, according to "Dances with Wolves."
Nike's swoosh is a symbol of oppression, too, according to enlightened college students who feel the pain of Third World sweatshop laborers.

Goodbye again, Charles Barkley.
You made the game fun.
It's too bad you did not receive credit in the scoring column for your two-point takedown of Shaquille O'Neal earlier this season. That was more impressive than the guy you tossed through the plate-glass window.

Maybe Ike Austin was traded to Bison Dele's desalinization plant in the Middle East.

And finally, Chris Childs vs. Kobe Bryant. WWF superstar Chyna could beat up both of them.

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